The Ups and Downs of Being a Writer

This is me, walking our old cattle dog, Lady, through White Sands, NM, a few years ago. White Sands is mentioned in a couple of the weird stories I found while googling Sunspot. (Mmm, looks like ice cream.)


Yesterday was one of those rare (for me) super productive writing days. Woo Hoo, the block was GONE, Baby!

Today, I have been eating a lot of ice cream instead of writing. I don’t even really like ice cream.

I’m thinking about having another bowl…

PS: If any of my fellow writers are interested in scifi or government conspiracies and space oddities, this may inspire you — there’s a solar observatory at a place called Sunspot, New Mexico, not far from where I own a mountain lot, that has been mysteriously evacuated and shut down since September 6. Google it, and you will find news stories alleging FBI involvement, Black Hawk helicopter sightings, and officials refusing to confirm or deny anything.

Sunspot is about 130 miles from Roswell, of UFO fame. If I wrote this sort of thing, I would be totally inspired right now. But… ice cream!

~This post was inspired by an even better post on The Write Practice:

I highly recommend The Write Practice blog to all my writing friends. Thank you for stopping by, and God Bless! 😊

13 thoughts on “The Ups and Downs of Being a Writer

  1. Lee Poskey September 15, 2018 / 6:07 am

    Hey, my brother and I used to visit our aunt Tillie some summers. She lived in Clovis new Mexico. Which I believe is near White sands.

    Boy it was fun too. I remember visiting a lot of Indian areas and catching horny toads.

    Good memories.

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote September 15, 2018 / 6:48 am

      My stepdaughter and I were in Clovis two weeks ago today, enjoying an annual sidewalk sale, when a raging dust storm came out of nowhere and turned daylight into darkness. We were scurrying back and forth, helping to carry heavy pieces of antique furniture and armloads of glassware in from the sidewalk, before they blew away and hurt somebody, feeling our skin being exfoliated by the sandblasting effects of the blowing grit, when suddenly the “haboob” turned into a thundering monsoon! The street was flooded up to the curb by the time we were through carrying everything in. But the worst part was the tremendous lighting strike that hit so close, we all thought we were dead for a split second!

      Clovis, and the surrounding area, has the wildest, craziest weather that I have ever seen. My husband and I lived about thirty miles outside Clovis for eight years. While we were living there, hail destroyed our roof and vehicles, twice. The first time with softball sized hail falling from a massive rotating supercell cloud that looked like a gigantic mothership UFO from out of this world. I have pictures of that, and a mesocyclone that we got caught under a couple of years later. But I couldn’t get to my camera on October 21, 2015, when a tornado was directly over my head and I literally felt like I was walking on the moon in zero gravity. After that storm, we had a metal roof put on the house, hoping it would do a better job of standing up to hail.

      I will never forget the Goliath Blizzard later that same year, that blew a freight train off the track about three miles from where we were living at the time, and it also blew down two huge grain silos, a quarter mile from our house. Something like 30,000 cattle where reportedly killed in the area during that storm. I lived several years near the coast of Maine, in the 1980s and 1990s, and yet I never saw a blizzard like Goliath, before.

      Living with such weather extremes is intense. Judging by the news accounts, these weather extremes aren’t going to get any better, any time soon. Praise God, He sees us through every storm!

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      • Lee Poskey September 15, 2018 / 7:02 am

        That was fun to read how you worded that Linda.

        Will you please consider to post some pictures of that weather? I would enjoy seeing that.

        Me and my brother were school kids back then, so we only visited in summers, so I don’t have any Clovis winter experiences like y’all do.

        Thank you for that fun reading.

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  2. Lee Poskey September 15, 2018 / 7:04 am

    I didn’t mean it was fun, about the unpleasantness that y’all experienced.

    I was just referencing the interesting way that you worded stuff.

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote September 15, 2018 / 8:44 am

      Hahaha, I understood what you meant, thanks! And it really was kind of fun, too… except for that huge KABOOM and simultaneous blinding flash of lightning. Seriously, I thought my goose had been cooked right there! I know I am ready to go to heaven and I am looking forward to it. But that sudden dump of adrenaline was Not Fun!


      • Lee Poskey September 15, 2018 / 8:48 am

        You describe it accurately!
        I was once knocked on my back when closing a gate when lightning hit near me.
        It was so loud that it sounded like a gun being fired beside my head.

        Lord bless you sister.

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        • Lee Poskey September 15, 2018 / 8:51 am

          I’m still not sure why I fell down. It happened so fast, I don’t really know what happened, or how it happened.
          I just remember being on my back on the ground looking up.

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          • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote September 15, 2018 / 9:59 am

            Yikes! It definitely wasn’t your time yet. God wanted you here to write your blog. And for other things, too, I am sure.

            Yes, it does sound like a gun being fired right beside your head. Or maybe a small bomb!

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  3. dividinguplife September 15, 2018 / 10:11 am

    Writers block is terrible. I’ve been going through that for the last week. I finally sat down to write, and wrote about a very sensitive subject that was very real for me, and cried for an hour after that. *sighs* But I also find that I write the best when I’m sad, so it’s just all-around difficult lol. I hope you got a lot of writing done!

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote September 15, 2018 / 10:45 am

      Oh man, my heart goes out to you. I totally relate.

      Yesterday, after I posted this, I actually wrote 555 new words in the memoir that I am writing. Which, according to a very helpful and inspirational book I just read, Mini Habits by Stephen Guise, 555 words in one day is a huge success!


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